INDIA – Rape survivor watches videos on YouTube, carries out self-abortion in Nagpur

A 24-year-old rape survivor performed an abortion on herself, including snapping the umbilical cord, guided by YouTube videos, at her residence in North Nagpur. She was alone at home as her family had gone to Mumbai when she delivered the stillborn fetus in the seventh month of pregnancy. The fetus was buried by the man who made her pregnant, who is already married with a son from his second wife.

In her statement to the police, the woman said this man had forced himself upon her on more than 50 occasions since 2016 at different places. He is now in custody at Yashodhara Nagar police station after being arrested on charges of rape on 23 September.

SOURCE: Times of India, by Soumitra Bose, 25 September 2021 ; PHOTO: Zoom News, 26 September 2021
[Editor’s Note: The Times of India article describes this man as “her paramour”, which is clearly inappropriate. Other media sources do not make the same mistake.]